Top Non-Gym Related 'Fitness Things' To Do Around Glasgow

Many people have it in their head that to keep fit you must go to the gym- unless you are an athlete, or love the gym- there are loads of things you can do to be active whilst giving the gym a miss. In a city with such a wide range of activities available it would be silly not to make use of what there is on offer. 

1- Cycling

An everyday simple activity that can be a leisurely pedal in your own time or even en route to and from work. 

Within Glasgow there are 400 bikes available to hire with NextBike, an app which allows you to rent bikes around the city for as little as 16 pence. There are 43 locations dotted around Glasgow stretching from Parkhead to Kelvinside. 

NextBike is so simple all you do is download the app on your mobile, find your nearest NextBike station and unlock a bike using the code given on your screen. As long as you keep your rides under 30 minutes you can ride the city for just £5 per month.

2- Trampolining 

The new fun, exciting and sweaty way to enjoy yourself. There are a number of trampoline parks in Glasgow and the surrounding areas; most popular is Flip Out- Rutherglen, Airspace- East Kilbride, Bounce EK- East Kilbride and Ryze- Glasgow.

Flip Out Rutherglen offers a fitness class Fit Flip, where you can learn new tricks, increase your flexibility and balance through a unique blend of exercises. And it burns up to 1000 calories!!! 

All of these parks offer trampoline action as well as different fun zones from basketball to dodgeball and a Ninja Warrior area (Flip Out) to challenge your skills. Perfect for kids and adults it could be a day out for the family or with friends. 

FlipOut foam pit- Rutherglen

FlipOut foam pit- Rutherglen

3- Hill walking  

Surrounded by Scottish scenery, natural beauty right on your doorstep! Walking is a simple task to allow your head to clear and get some fresh air- it is surprisingly hard work too! The Loch Lomond Shores are just a short 45 minute to an hour drive from Glasgow, and if you don't drive you're in luck- there are regular busses through the week. 

View over Loch Lomond featuring a very soggy trail

View over Loch Lomond featuring a very soggy trail

Coming from the Highlands to live in Glasgow I can sometimes miss the fresh air and dog walks so it is a great to get the opportunity to head out of the City to Loch Lomond and the Trossachs. Below is a link to find some walks you might enjoy, Beinn Eich and Doune Hill, a grassy boggy hill, give some amazing views over Luss and Loch Lomond. 

4- Mountain Biking 

Another perk of living in mountainous Scotland- the many trails and descents around the country, I have personally taken on The Spooky Woods at Glentress, a red trail. However Glentress also offers a range of trails including green, blue and black. 

Below is a GoPro video from Spooky Woods by Enduro Mike on YouTube:

The Cathkin Braes Mountain Bike Trails are another great place to try out. Purpose built to host the mountain bike competitions during the Commonwealth Games, the tracks are located in Glasgow’s Southside, a little closer to home.

5- Skiing

Who'd have thought you could do this in a city?! Well thanks to Snow Factor at Braehead you can. And what more of a perfect time to get learning than coming into Winter...

As you are required to hold a squat-like position whilst skiing it will help strengthen your lower body as well as work on your balance and your core. 

Snow Factor is the only indoor slope with real snow so it is the perfect practice and as close to the real deal as you could get here in Glasgow, it hosts kids parties, stag dos, or just a day out. Be sure to check out the pricing for one-to-one lessons too, you could be a pro by Christmas!


Morgan Bruce